Authority: Revolution #1 Review

Reviewer: Tim Sheridan
Story Title: Come the Revolution

Written by: Ed Brubaker
Penciled by: Dustin Nguyen
Inked by: Richard Friend
Colored by: Randy Mayor
Lettered by: Jared K Fletcher
Assistant Editor: Kristy Quinn
Editor: Ben Abernathy
Publisher: Wildstorm > DC Comics

Back in the late ’90s, when the Authority first started, it was amazing. It was truly something different on the stands. I collected from issue one, but it took me a few months to realize how special it was. Actually, if took me until the middle of Mark Millar’s run on the book to truly grasp the whole concept behind it. It was both honoring and mocking the concept behind super heroes. And that was really cool to me. Every month it told a really great, really big superhero story, and at the same time deconstrcuted it’s ideals.

Now if you know anything about the Authority, none of this is news to you. As time went on, and as delays and some censorship plagued the book, the edge that made it so great was gone. It was worn away. They cancelled the book, only to bring it back a few months later. But when they did, it was very different to me. Yes, it was still very much over the top in it’s stories, but there was really nothing else making it different than every other super hero team book out there. The Authority as I knew and loved it was pretty much dead.

Last year there was some big Wildstorm crossover, and in that, The Authority took over the world. And I smelled hints of the book I missed. So I waited out the rest of that other Authority series, and waited for them to relaunch again.

And it’s back again. Back the way I wanted it. It’s over the top like I knew it. It’s mocking superheroes the way it should be. It’s a satire like the Authority was made to be. This time, Ed Brubaker is writing a story that echoes the Ellis and Millar tales of old. Well, at least of 1999 and 2000. It’s not quite as good as those runs on the book. At least not yet. Since this is a first issue, I can’t criticize it too much, because we’re give a lot of ser up in these 22 pages. But what we are given is quite promising.

Robbie Morrison’s most recent Authority series was not bad, it just reeked of sameness. And Garth Ennis’ minis and one shots were fun, but not important enough to be taken seriously. It seems that Brubaker has found that balance once again.

I don’t quite know where this story is going, but I’m hooked by this team again. If you loved the Authority before, then you’ll like this version.

Final Word: It’s fun to see the Authority ruling the world.